As the world continues to feel the impact of COVID-19, some countries are feeling the consequences more severely than others. Afghanistan is one of those countries.

Before the pandemic hit, people in Afghanistan were already struggling with increased food insecurity, unemployment and poverty due to decades of ongoing conflict. COVID-19 has only intensified these issues, pushing over 150,000 Afghans living in neighbouring Iran back into an already fragile country. Households are struggling to stay afloat and finding it challenging to access food to meet their basic needs.

In response to the devastating effects of COVID-19, PWS&D, through Canadian Foodgrains Bank, is working to provide 1,100 of the most vulnerable households—480 of which are women-headed—with monthly cash transfers. PWS&D’s local partner, Community World Service Asia, will conduct a total of five monthly distributions, running from November 2020 until March 2021.

Each family will receive $90USD (the equivalent of about $120 CDN) with which they can purchase much-needed food and essential items from local markets, while at the same time stimulating the local economy. With the winter months approaching and the loss of livelihoods being felt, these cash distributions will be vital in combatting food insecurity.

*This project receives support from Canadian Foodgrains Bank. PWS&D is a member of the Foodgrains Bank, a partnership of 15 churches and church agencies working together to end global hunger. This project is being undertaken with generous support from the Government of Canada.